Parental Bereavement Leave

Parental Bereavement Leave came into effect on 6th April 2020 for parents who suffered a stillbirth after the 24th week of pregnancy or the loss of a child under the age of 18. 

With effect from 1st April 2023, this leave has been extended for Council employees who suffer a loss of pregnancy up to 24 weeks in order that parents who suffer a loss of pregnancy at any stage or the loss of a child up to the age of 18, will be entitled to 2 weeks paid Parental Bereavement Leave

What leave can a bereaved parent can take?

A bereaved parent can take up to two weeks paid parental bereavement leave for each child who has passed away. The leave must be taken within 56 weeks of the date of the child’s death.

Whatever their length of service, an employee who has lost a child on or after the 6th April 2020, can take paid parental bereavement leave. The entitlement applies not only to birth parents, but also adoptive parents and the partner of the child’s parent. With effect from 1st April 2023, it is also available to parents who suffer a stillbirth at any time during pregnancy.

Please note that there is also provision for bereavement leave of up to 5 days full pay following the death of a close relative under the Terms and Conditions for both LGE Employees and Teachers.  This entitlement is not in addition to the two weeks of paid parental bereavement leave but inclusive.

As a manager, what should I do to assist an employee to access this entitlement?

Informal notification, such as a phone call, is sufficient notification to allow an employee to take parental bereavement leave.

Please note, employees are not required to provide any evidence of the loss of pregnancy or their child’s death i.e. a death certificate or letter from the GP, and should not be asked to provide this.

All employees who request Parental Bereavement Leave will automatically be entitled to receive Parental Bereavement Pay. 

When a manager is notified by an employee that they will be taking Parental Bereavement Leave, the manager must email HRemployeerelationsenquiries@argyll-bute.gov.uk  with:

  • Employee name
  • Employee number
  • Date of child’s death or loss of pregnancy
  • Start date of Parental Bereavement Leave
  • If the employee is taking 1 week or 2 consecutive weeks leave

The manager should follow up any contact that they have had with the employee with a Letter to confirm the Parental Bereavement Leave notification and send them the Notification of Parental Bereavement Leave Form.

This letter should also be used as an opportunity to provide the employee with the details of the Employee Assistance Programme that the Council uses and information on other sources of support.

In addition to the Council’s employee counselling service and occupational health provision, managers should also think about how they can support bereaved parents on their return to work through a phased return to work or with temporary flexible/ alternative working arrangements.

Once completed by the parent, the Notification of Parental Leave Form should be emailed to HRemployeerelationsenquiries@argyll-bute.gov.uk

Please refer to the Managers guidance document for full information on parental bereavement leave. If you have any questions regarding the new right, please do not hesitate to contact the HR Centre by email on HRemployeerelationsenquiries@argyll-bute.gov.uk  or by calling 01546 605513 (option 2).